In this very special concert saxophonist/composer Sandy Evans pays tribute to long-time collaborator and friend, legendary Australian saxophonist Bernie McGann who passed away in September 2013.
Sandy Evans (tenor saxophone) Andrew Robson (alto saxophone) Warwick Alder (trumpet) Brendan Clarke (bass) Andrew Dickeson (drums)
McGann was a pioneering figure in the Australian jazz scene.
“McGann’s raw-edged tone delivered exhilarating, hyper-fast flights of jagged post-bop with breathtaking leaps to the upper register. He also could express emotional depths of aching beauty in a slow ballad or blues. He was a trailblazer, always original, inventive, unmistakeable, a one-off giant of the alto saxophone “- John McBeath, The Australian
During his career Bernie McGann was widely acknowledged as an Australian jazz icon, having been awarded ARIA and MO Awards. He was the first ever recipient of the Australia Council’s prestigious Don Banks Music Award in 1998.
The Australian jazz community is grateful for the enormous contribution Bernie made to the Australian jazz scene, and this specially commissioned work will celebrate his legacy. This night will also celebrate the man and his music with Warwick Alder, Brendan Clarke and Andrew Dickeson, Bernie’s quartet during the last period of his life, sharing the stage with Sandy Evans and Andrew Robson on saxes.
Sandy based this suite on a phrase from one of Bernie’s practice notebooks (well known to a number of saxophonists): Long, Loose, Taste, Groove. This notebook, along with recordings and years of playing alongside Bernie has given Sandy an insight into his unique sound and individual voice.